Why this book on Bhagwad Gita?
Bhagwad Gita is extremely valuable to every human being. It has such profound wisdom that it has attracted people for thousands of years. Several authorities have written outstanding commentaries on Bhagwad Gita for the benefit of humanity. But why then there is a need for this book? How this book is different.
What is there that a reader will get out of this book which is unique and greatly useful?
This book is not a verse by verse commentary or a translation of the Gītā. It is a topic wise, concept by concept presentation of the knowledge revealed in the Gītā in a smooth, logical sequence, unfolding the whole vision and leading to a clear understanding and conclusion. Concept by concept it gradually builds up to the whole vision. One chapter is dedicated to each main topic, wherein all aspects related to that topic revealed across the Gītā have been dealt with comprehensively. This is based on 30 years of research of Bhagavad Gita in particular and Vedanta in general by the author, who himself is a successful corporate executive.
The need and contribution of this book
Bhagavad Gita reveals the profound knowledge which has all the answers to the fundamental human quest, embedded in it. However understanding Bhagavad Gita with complete insight is not very easy. The knowledge is vast and subtle in nature. While going through individual verses, it is difficult to get the complete perspective. At the same time, without understanding the complete perspective, it is difficult to understand the individual verse completely. One finds it difficult to understand the overall perspective at a glance.
Gita Bodh has brought Bhagavad Gita to you in a form, easy to grasp with clarity and completeness.
This book exactly brings out what to understand from Bhagavad Gita and knowing that, how to lead a successful day to day life and evolve to realize the full potential of human life. It benefits in personal, professional and social life, beyond imagination! Since this book is not a verse-by-verse commentary but is a concept-by-concept presentation, which progresses logically to unfold the subject, it helps the seeker acquire precise and comprehensive understanding.
The presentation of the book
Each chapter has a structure. There are beautiful illustrations, simple stories and examples to explain and emphasize important points. Each chapter ends with a summary of the main points and the reference of the relevant verses from the Gītā for each concept discussed. An effort has been made to make the book aesthetically beautiful, to give a pleasurable reading experience. The language used is simple. The content is to the point, precise and direct. A lot of care has been taken to ensure that the chances of misinterpretation of the content are minimized to the extent possible. In fact, at times, wherever unavoidable, certain liberty has been taken with the accuracy of the language or words, to ensure accuracy of the message. Vedāntic basis and terminology have been used to ensure authenticity and preciseness. While care has been taken to avoid repetition, it has been done wherever it was necessary or useful. Diacritical marks have been incorporated to help the reader understand the correct pronunciation of original Sanskrit words. Also, Devanagari versions of these words have been given when these words appear for the first time in the book.
The intent of this Book
The Intent of this book is to simply present the knowledge from the Bhagavad Gītā in a precise and organized manner which is easy to understand.
The book is written from the point of view of a student.
The purpose of the book is to help the reader to grasp the entire vision of the Bhagavad Gītā with clarity.
How this book has evolved
The Bhagavad Gītā was studied with the basic premise that it is the authority. The process of the evolution of the book involved:
- Understanding: Understanding each verse individually.
- Analyzing: Analyzing the complete set of seven hundred verses to identify the basic concepts which they explain.
- Synthesizing: Organizing the concepts topic-wise, in logical progression based on their interdependence.
- Iteration: Repeating the above cycle several times till the result stabilizes.
- Presentation: Presenting the findings in this book.
Vedāntika base has been used for the entire exercise.
The book is in English in a very simple to understand language. It has total 544 pages, full color, hard bound, beautifully organized with excellent quality of paper and printing. Even if one has attended ‘Gita Bodh’ Sessions, the book will help one to reflect over each concept deeper and study the topic further for a thorough understanding or to have ready reference to revisit.
The Book Release
The Book,’Gita Bodh’ by Uday Karanjkar (AVP,Persistant Systems Ltd.) was released in Devang Mehta Auditorium on 22 September 2015.
The Book was released to the packed audience at the auspicious hands of author’s Sadguru Pujya Swami SatSwaroopanand and Founder, CEO & MD of Persistent Systems Ltd, Dr. Anand Deshpande.